Here's What the iPhone Would Have Looked Like in 1985

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Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents’ Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn’t gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn’t stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant’s very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.

This groundbreaking masterpiece would be proudly displayed on a mantle in my apartment right now, had it ever come to pass.


Naturally, the device includes everyone’s least favorite feature of archaic phones: the rotary click wheel. You can use the wheel to dial up all the phone numbers you once had committed to memory (remember those days?), or to scroll through menu options on the phone’s teensy tiny CRT display.


The rear shell of the phone includes back vents reminiscent of the original Macintosh variety, as well as a large, 9-pin port. Oddly enough, that single port may well be the element that binds this bygone 80s dream to the svelte Apple products of the modern age. [Cult of Mac]


Images reproduced with permission from Pierre Cerveau. You can check out more of Cerveau’s work on his website.

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